Losing two of their All-Stars, Donovan Mitchell outside and Jarrett Allen inside, the Cavs host the Wolves tonight. Quickly down the score, the locals ran after the score throughout the match, offering themselves a chance to come back close in the final minutes thanks to an incredible fireworks display from Darius Garland (51 points – personal best – including 27 in the 4th quarter )… but to no avail!
Thanks to a Karl-Anthony Towns duo (29 points, 13 rebounds), D’Angelo Russell (30 points, 12 assists) in tone, the Wolves came to win in Ohio (129-124) to end a series of three defeat in the range. We can even say that this is their first significant victory since then, they have only dominated the Rockets, Lakers, Spurs and Thunder twice.
Determined not to chain another loss, the Wolves went on a 21-3 run in five minutes at the end of the first quarter to show double the points scored than their opponent (32-16). That 20-something gap would last for the entire game, until an incredible fourth quarter that saw Garland catch fire and hold his Cavs to just 3 points.
Edwards was too late, then Prince threw the distance between the two teams back in the dying seconds.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– The wolves pulled away in the first quarter. Absolutely nothing on their plate at the beginning of the match, as Kevin Love was promoted with a holder who missed his first six shots, the Cavs seriously unscrewed (7/25 in shots including 3/10 from afar) and took the lightning from entering (40). -20 in the first quarter). Completely down on the scoreboard as Russell and the Wolves found their cruising speed, the Cavs fought back late, but it was too late in the fourth quarter. “We’re going nowhere without D-Lo at a better level. He’s started the season slowly but I don’t see his struggles being related to his role but more of a skepticism.will end with Coach Finch.
– Failed reunion. There was no Donovan Mitchell at kickoff to “check” Rudy Gobert. The All-Star guard is out with a sprained ankle.
– Garland did not resign. Not long ago, he was on the sidelines with his sunglasses on to protect his injured eye. But, last night, Garland was obsessed with one thing, one thing only: this obscene slot where his Cavs ran all night. And, finally, in the last quarter, he was able to cut it with his wrist power, with 27 points in 12 minutes, 8/16 on shots including 6/10 from 3-pointers! “I didn’t know I had 50 points until I got to the bench. Nobody told me and I didn’t care, because I wanted to win the match more than anything. But that’s one of the good things about this team is nobody cares about individual stats. It’s the team above all else.”
TOPS and FLOPS
✅ Darius Garland. On his own, he scored more points than Wolves in the last quarter (27 against 25)! Unfortunately, his team starts from too far… But what a beautiful fireworks display, a true “masterclass” of outdoor shooting for Garland who finished his career record with 51 points including a last quarter all fired with a 6/10 3- points. “It was an incredible performance, a real lesson in scoring from Darius,” Kevin Love confirmed seeing someone else. “It’s so beautiful to see. He found his positions, he held the team and gave us a chance at the end. That’s all one can ask for. »
✅ The Towns-Russell duo. Just like his team was in doubt about the start of the season, D’Angelo Russell was hesitant to shoot. And it shows the veteran point guard running under 15 points for the first time since his rookie season… Last night, he was more determined, with 15 points (6/6 on shots including 3/3 to 3 – points) from the first quarter and his best game of the season: a double double with 30 points and 12 assists. At the same time, his friend Towns was also very good, remarkably scoring 16 points on 6/6 in the 3rd quarter, to complement his leader and finish with 29 points and 13 rebounds.
⛔️ Anthony Edwards. If he scored an all-important shot as the Cavs got back into top gear late in the game, Edwards generally missed it. With 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 wild shots, all on 5/13 shots with a lot of bad options, the young Wolves back doesn’t know how to follow up after his good performance against Memphis (28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 passes).
– Cleveland (8-5) : displacement (and shock of the Eastern conference) Wednesday vis-a-vis Milwaukee.
– Minnesota (6-8) : continuing the “road trip” in Orlando on Wednesday.